Discussions of the illicit and the illegal have tended to be somewhat restricted in their disciplinary range, to date, and have been largely confined to the literatures of anthropology, criminology, policing and, to an extent, political science. However, these debates have impinged little on cognate literatures, not least those of urban and regional studies which remain almost entirely undisturbed by such issues. This volume aims to open up debates across a range of cognate disciplines.

The Illicit and Illegal in Regional and Urban Governance and Development is a multidisciplinary volume that aims to open up these debates, extending them empirically and questioning the dominant discussions of governance and development that have been rooted largely or entirely in the realm of licit and legal actors. The book investigates these issues with reference to a variety of different geographical contexts, including, but not limited to, places traditionally considered to be associated with illegal activities and extensive illicit markets, such as some regions in the so-called Global South. The chapters consider the ways in which these questions deeply affect the daily lives of several cities and regions in some advanced countries. Their comparative perspectives will demonstrate that the illicit and the illegal are an underappreciated structural aspect of current urban and regional governance and development across the globe.

The book is an edited collection of research-informed essays, which will primarily be of interest to those taking advanced undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses in human geography, urban and regional planning and a range of social science disciplines that have an interest in urban and regional issues and issues related to crime and corruption.

chapter |16 pages

Grey governance and the development of cities and regions

The variable relationship between (il)legal and (il)licit
ByFrancesco Chiodelli, Tim Hall, Ray Hudson, Stefano Moroni

chapter |15 pages

Drug trafficking in the Sahara Desert

Follow the money and find land grabbing
ByLuca Raineri

chapter |14 pages

Invisible journeys across India–Bangladesh borders and bubbles of corrupt networks

Stories of cross-border rural–urban migration and economic linkages
ByHosna J. Shewly, Md. Nadiruzzaman

chapter |17 pages

Gangsters, guerrillas and the rise of a shadow state in East Timor

ByJames Scambary

chapter |16 pages

Criminal networks, youth street groups and illicit territorial regulation in Moscow and Tbilisi

BySvetlana Stephenson, Evgenia Zakharova

chapter |14 pages

Illegal enterprises and the city

When territorial control is an issue of urban governance. Lessons from Medellín, Colombia
ByLaure Leibler

chapter |14 pages

Mobs, sucanchiuostru, anti-communists

Global and local actors in the Sack of Palermo
ByVincenzo Scalia

chapter |16 pages

Filling governance and development vacuums

A role for development actors or criminal groups?
BySasha Jesperson

chapter |18 pages

Planning for marijuana

Development, governance and regional political economy
ByMichael Polson

chapter |15 pages

Embedding illegality, or when the illegal becomes licit

Planning cases and urban transformations in Rome
ByBarbara Pizzo, and Edoardo Altavilla

chapter |19 pages

Building legitimacy through the spatial aesthetics of the illicit

Non-state urban actors in post-3.11 Japan
ByEngelien Margrete Bjone, John Edom, and Hannah Wood

chapter |17 pages

Corrupt cities

The illicit in local urban development, the Spanish case
ByMonica García Quesada, and Fernando Jiménez Sánchez

chapter |18 pages

Corruption, crisis and planning policies

The Free-Trade Zone project in the metropolitan area of Valencia, Spain
ByJorge Ignacio Selfa Clemente